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Turnaround times

  • Urgent frozen section: Report within 20 minutes of biopsy specimen arrival in the laboratory
  • Tumour specimens: Initial verbal report within 1 -10 days depending whether biopsy or resection
  • Renal transplant biopsies: Initial verbal demonstration and discussion with clinician within 24 hours
  • Rectal biopsies: Initial verbal report within 24hrs
  • Non-urgent/routine specimens: 70% of cases within 14 days, however, clinicians are encouraged to contact the pathologists to discuss complex cases. Specimens containing bone or teeth may take longer to report. RCPath Key Performance Indicators (KPI) target is to report 80% of all specimens within 10 days (except those requiring decalcification)

N.B. If the specimen arrives on a Friday the laboratory needs to be notified if an urgent report is required to ensure a member of staff is available at the weekend to process the biopsy.


(Last reviewed 19th July 2017)